Do Higher Taxes Reduce Drinking’s Problems?

Like most things, alcohol is susceptible to the law of demand: when the price rises, demand falls. So, given a robust distribution system that keeps market rates for booze pretty steady from state to state, it seems evident that higher taxes should mean lower consumption—and in turn, fewer alcohol-related problems. But does it? The short […]

Home Distilling: Yep, Still Illegal

Making your own hooch is as American as apple pie. Or more accurately, hard apple cider, since that’s why Johnny Appleseed was really planting all those trees. For years we brewed, made wine, and yes, distilled at home quite legally. But personal production stayed illegal after Prohibition ended, part of the government’s attempt to control […]